Italian born, Indian emigres saxophonist/composer/educator
Rudresh Mahanthappa discusses his newest release Hero Trio and the tribute he pays to his greatest influences with
interpretations ranging from Ornette Coleman, Charlie Parker to Johnny Cash. He discusses his very personal approach based
on an amalgamation of Western and Indian music. Rudresh has received many
awards including Guggenheim Fellowship, Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, and
has been named alto saxophonist of the year for six of seven years running in
Downbeat Magazine International Critics’ Poll. Currently he is Director of Jazz
at Princeton University.
John Ford of The Guardian wrote, “… The
US-raised alto saxophonist who astutely fuses western and Indian traditional with
mind-bending jazz rhythms…”. In addition to the interview we hear several
performances of Rudresh from Hero Trio
and from an earlier release, Agrima.